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Dog's throat slashed in Yorkshire

Kenya - credit RSPCA

1:30pm 27th January 2011

Animal cruelty in Yorkshire.

The RSPCA's investigating after a Doberman was found with her throat cut and puncture wounds under both her front legs in Bradford.

The female dog, called 'Kenya', was re-homed to a man called 'Jeff' just a few days before.

Animal Wefare inspectors say "they believe the injuries were deliberately inflicted."

Kenya's now in the care of the RSPCA.

A member of the public spotted one year old Kenya on Back Lane, Wilsden on Tuesday 14th December and called the dog warden who took her to a veterinary practice and contacted the RSPCA. Her throat had been cut almost ear-to-ear.

RSPCA inspector Lyndsey Taylor said:

“Kenya was in a shocking state when she was found. The cuts were so clean that we don’t believe they could have been anything other than deliberately inflicted. The vet believes this happened two or three days before.”

Kenya was microchipped which lead the RSPCA to her former owners in Lower Grange.

They had re-homed her to a man called ‘Jeff’ on Thursday 9th December after illness meant their circumstances changed.

“Kenya’s owners would see this man every morning whilst walking Kenya in Ladyhill Park, Allerton. They’d chat whilst their dogs played together, “ explained inspector Taylor.

“They spoke about the difficulties the owners were having and that they were thinking of re-homing Kenya free to a good home.

“They thought that this way they’d be able to continue to see Kenya now and again but despite a number of visits to the park Jeff hasn’t been seen since.”

Jeff is described as aged about 45 years old, white, 5’9” or 5’10” and of a normal build with short wavy light brown hair. He always wore a hip-length, zip-up, bright blue rain-proof jacket with multi-pockets and dark blue corduroy patches on the elbows. In summer he wore white ‘Nike’ trainers or shoes called ‘Airway’. In winter he wore green wellington boots with buckles at the top. When it rained he wore a burgundy baseball cap.

Jeff's dog is described as a long-haired black and white collie-type. It’s thought she was female and called ‘Betsie’ or ‘Best’ but he used to call her ‘B’. She wore a silver choker and a silver chain lead with a black leather handle.

The last time Kenya’s former owners saw her she had her silver choker on and black extendible flexi-lead.

Inspector Taylor said:

“We’d really love to hear from Jeff so we can try to find out what happened to Kenya in the days between Thursday 9 December and Tuesday 14th December.

“Anyone who thinks they can help should call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for me.”

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